adjective Etymology: Middle English tal, probably from Old English getæl quick, ready; akin to Old High German gizal quick Date: 15th century 1. obsolete brave, courageous 2. a. high in stature b. of a specified height <
five feet tall
3. a. of considerable height <
tall trees
b. long from bottom to top <
a tall book
c. of a higher growing variety or species of plant 4. a. large or formidable in amount, extent, or degree <
a tall order to fill
b. pompous, high-flown <
tall talk about the vast mysteries of life — W. A. White
c. highly exaggerated ; incredible, improbable <
a tall story
Synonyms: see hightall adverbtallish adjectivetallness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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